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Cavan Comhairle na nÓg

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Current topic

Cavan Comhairle’s primary topic for 2017 is Culture and History. In summer 2017 we hosted a POP-UP Gaeltacht event for Ulster/Connaught Comhairlí na nOg in Cavan to promote the history of the county through Irish. The format was an Irish-speaking event to promote the history of the county. In February 2018 we scooped an award for ‘Best Irish Language Initiative’ for our Pop-Up Gaeltacht. Presented by by IPB Insurance and LAMA (Local Authority Members Association), the LAMA All-Ireland Community and Council Awards celebrate collaborations between councils and communities, bringing national recognition to local projects and initiatives. The Awards 2018 took place in Croke Park on Saturday February 3rd. Taking place in June 2017 at Castle Saunderson International Scouting Centre, the Pop-Up Gaeltacht saw scores of young people converge on West Cavan for two days of ceol, caint, agus craic.

We will work with Cavan County Council and the Creative Ireland initiative to develop a Creative Ireland programme. Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 – a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.

Our secondary topic will be focused on positive mental health. We hope to host an event with guest speakers with an emphasis on promoting positive mental health and participating where any opportunity becomes available i.e. colour runs such as Orla’s Guiding Light – a fundraising event to help young people who are dealing with issues in relation to mental health.

Work already completed

Cavan Comhairle were involved in a number of interesting projects in 2016. Throughout the year we reached out to young people through the medium of video: we created a series of cooking tutorials of popular Irish meals aimed at young people. The idea behind the videos is that knowing how to cook can help us achieve independence and is aimed specifically at young students to prepare for life in college.

We were involved in a 1916 commemorative event and created a video-piece which was informative of the lives of young people from one hundred years ago in Ireland.

We held a residential to address topics on the area of Health & Respect, and will host Leadership Training to equip our young Comhairle members with the skills they need to be leaders.

In 2015, Cavan Comhairle na nÓg focused their attention on the setting up of youth cafés in Cavan. They were involved in every aspect of their set-up, maintenance, marketing and promotion. They also worked on the topic of Positive Mental Health by organising events and residentials to promote the topic among the young people of Cavan.

In 2014 Cavan Comhairle na nÓg worked on the topic of Positive Mental Health. We aimed to increase awareness of, and to promote positive mental health in our community, and have examined the most common issues affecting people of our age, such as bullying, eating disorders and depression.

In 2013 we devised and coordinated 52 events and initiatives to promote youth participation across a wide range of music, art and Irish language initiatives.

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